about the author

Professor Emeritus Sears A. Eldredge

Sears has worked in the Theatre and Dance department of Malcaster College since 1987. His recent ground-breaking work on the history of entertainments in Far East captivity has focused on the performers, their audiences, and the imperative to create musical and theatrical performances in order to keep up morale and hope alive along the Thailand-Burma Railway.

This research culminated in Captive Audiences / Captive Performers: Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945, an interactive online multimedia book that reconstructs the untold story of the entertainment produced by prisoners of war.

The book is downloadable as a whole or in part and searchable by keyword. It is published online at a free-access website by Macalester College, here.

Remembering captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East during the Second World War

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